RMS Lusitania 1907 Trial Paint Scheme Profile


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J Kent Layton

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Walter,

Hey, that's nice work! If you like, I would be willing to put that shot up on the Lusitania page of my site when I update it next, properly credited of course. Drop me a line through the "Contact" page of my site if you're interested, and whatever your answer, she looks great. Take care!
 

Walter Cuoghi

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Kent:
It would be an honour for me...ofcourse you can use it!
Today I would upload also another version or two...You can use also these for a comparison maybe.
Then if you are interested I uploaded also two drawings on the Mauretania page and another on the Majestic and Aquitania pages. The Majestic and the Aquitania aren't too satisfactory...but always better then nothing!
Cheers! Walter
 

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The profile of Lucy as she sailed for the maiden voyage and the wartime-service paintscheme
Hope you'll like it.

1) Maiden voyage appearance

2)Wartime service appearance


I always wondered why Cunard Line decided to darken her and give her a sort of "camouflage" also painting black the brass letters of her name and instructing the crew to blacken the ship at night, instead of keeping her Cunard colours and the lights on. She would have looked much more a civilian ship.
 
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Yes Walter, however Walter Schweiger reported in his log seeing the brass letters LUSITANIA, must have been washed clean during crossing or torpedo strike? And according to Schweiger, she flew no ensign flag on her poop.

Michael Cundiff
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in this subtopic, have been moved to the pre-existing one, discussing the same subject. JDT]
 

Jim Kalafus

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>I always wondered why Cunard Line decided to darken her and give her a sort of "camouflage" also painting black the brass letters of her name

Here is a view of her bow, as it appeared on April 25, 1915.

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Mike bought an album of photos that can be proven to have been taken on the April crossing which proved to be her final completed trip. In addition to a lot of minor alterations, the photos show that the bow lettering was NOT painted over before she arrived in NYC for the final time. (Family members meeting the keepers of the album photographed Lusitania's final journey upriver, and docking. This is one of the photos they took)

And, yes, that film really DOES date from May 1, and shows the same lettering.
 

J Kent Layton

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Walter,

I couldn't find the other ships' pictures you mentioned. Do you have a link handy? I would appreciate it...
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Jim's right. The pictures he mentioned (some of them, at any rate) made it into the 2009 version of Atlantic Liners thanks to Mike Poirier's great generosity. The letters were unpainted and vividly visible. The funnels also showed a distinct difference between the top black and the larger ('Cunard Red') sections below. This difference is also visible in stills of the final departure on May 1, 1915.

What that difference means is open to interpretation because of the limitations of period black-and-white photography. What seems most likely to me is that they were painted a grayish color; however it is also possible that they were in their original Cunard livery at the time of her last departure from New York. Perhaps Jim or Mike have found something in their compilation of the new article that will help us settle the question of the funnel color on the last voyage with finality.
 

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Yep...in effect I forgot a lot of details and anecdotes when i draw the "sinking" version!
Now there is a more detailed version (deleted the other one).
1915 version Updated:

@ J. Kent Layton:
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Do you mean the other drawing I posted on the other forums?

Thanks to everyone!
Walter
 
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WOW! Thanks gentlemen. I just bumped the 2009 Altantic Liners edition up on my *books wanted* list. So in fact, the brass letter entries into Schweigers log is correct. And darn it, if I can't locate that 1920 Mid-Week Pictorial with first public release of Schweiger's log entries.
I will have a look at some box's in storage at my friends Antique store. In addition, are the
portside bow letters still intact, as originally witnessed by Dr. Ballard's team and again by the most recent Greg Beemis/Discovery Channel expedition to the wreck? I am surprised that Oceaneering did'nt nab the letters via their Newt-suit diver...

Michael Cundiff
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